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July 25, 2015

8:30-9:45am      Will Berninger - IMAC; Scale Aerobatic Competition
The International Miniature Aerobatic Club (IMAC) is an organization dedicated to competitive sport of radio controlled Scale Aerobatic competition.  IMAC operates under the auspices of the USA’s Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) with a designation as the Special Interest Group (SIG) for R/C Scale Aerobatics.  While it’s origin is American, the scope of IMAC operations now extends to over 15 countries throughout the world.

10:00-11:15am  Dave Dent - How to Rig a Pitts; the Easy Way
Dave Dent is traveling all the way from Australia to attend AirVenture. Dave is the owner and Chief Engineer at Dent Aviation located at Sydney Metro Airports Camden. Their shop performs aircraft maintenance and restoration, as well as providing import, export and certificate of airworthiness services.

11:30-12:45pm  Michael Lents - Fostering Skill; Competition for First Time Competitors
Michael is an instructor at the University of North Dakota in the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences – Department of Education. He regularly shepherds a number of eager students from UND at IAC contests throughout the Central states. His students hold five consecutive National IAC Collegiate titles.

1:00 - 2:15pm    TBA

July 23, 2015


   Join your fellow IAC members for the
   announcement of the new IAC Officers
   and Board members as well as a report
   from IAC President, Mike Heuer &
Treasuer Bob Hart. There will be a Q&A session for the membership.


   10:00-11:15am  Budd Davisson
  "The Pitts Landing Myth;
    Anyone can do!"
Budd says teaching Pitts landings is fun
   and he's never had a single student who
   didn't come to enjoy it.  He gives instruction
   in a Pitts long-gear S-2A so that the attitude
   is identical to the S-2B/C. He also gives
instruction in Pitts Model 12, Skybolt and all other high performance taildraggers.

   11:30-12:45pm  and 1:00 - 2:15pm
   "Basic Aerodynamics of Aerobatics,
     Part 1 &
Part 2"
Presentations include diagrams, photos
    and video shot in Sleazy, the Berz Flight
   Training Pitts S2B. Don is a competition
   pilot from Michigan IAC Chapter 88 and
   a CFI who has been instructing aerobatics
   and tailwheel endorsements since 1999.


See the full schedule of IAC Pavilion speakers HERE

July 22, 2015

Thursday, July 23 forums at the IAC Vicki Cruse Memorial Pavilion;


    8:30-9:45am      Steve Wolf
  "Rigging your Pitts and Spins
    as a Maneuver"
Steve is a world renowned airshow pilot with
   over 30years experience in both instructing and
   performing aerobatics. He is most famous for his
   custom built Pitts biplane, Samson.  Steve is a
   world renowned aircraft builder and an FAA
certified Airframe and powerplant, (A&P) mechanic.


    10:00-11:15am  Budd Davisson -
   "The Pitts Breed; Various Models
    - which is best for you?"

    Budd has over 43 years and more than 5,500
    hours of dual-given just in the pattern teaching
    people to master the Pitts on the ground and in
    the air. Others specialize in akro, which he does
    as well, but Budd prefers to concentrate on
overcoming the mystique of the Pitts and similar airplanes on the ground.



  11:30-12:45pm    Michael Church
  "Aerobatics after Primary Training;
    the best choice"
Michael Church is the founder and owner at
   Sunrise Aviation at the John Wayne Airport
   in Santa Ana, CA. He is a nationally respected
   flight training authority, honored by the FAA as
   Safety Counselor of the Year and recognized
as a Master Flight Instructor and Master Aerobatic Flight Instructor.



  1:00 - 2:15pm    Steve Johnson
   "RVs and Aerobatics"

   Steve has been competing in the Advanced
   category with his MX2 across the nation and
   has been a member of the US Advanced team.
   Steve has over 100 hours of instructional flight
   time in RV aircraft: RV-4s, RV-6s and RV-7s. 
   Steve teaches proper energy and airspeed
   management in these fast slick airplanes.



See the full schedule of IAC Pavilion speakers HERE

July 22, 2015

Wednesday, July 22 forums at the IAC Vicki Cruse Memorial Pavilion;


   8:30-9:45am      Don Taylor
  "Pitts Aircraft it's effect on aerobatics -

  Don shares his observations on how the Pitts aircraft
  impacted the National and International aerobatic
  competition scene through the years.  He flew his first aerobatic
  contest at Ottumwa, Iowa, in 1965, and went on to judge the US
  National Aerobatic Championships in Fort Worth, Texas in 1967,
1968 and1969. He stayed actively involved in aerobatics through WAC 1996 and beyond.

   10:00-11:15am  Gary Debaun
   "Buying a Used Pitts"

  Join A&P, IAC competition pilot and US Nationals CD,
  Gary Debaun, as he discusses his experience with many
  pre-buys over the years.
  He'll share tips about what do look for when you are
  shopping aroundfor a Pitts. 


  11:30-12:45pm  Bill Finagin
  "Spins and Emergency Recoveries"
Bill is widely recognized as one of the best acro/spin/upset
  instructors anywhere. He will discuss a wide variety of spins
  and emergency recoveries;  normal, flat, accelerated, and
  crossover emergency spin recovery in both upright and inverted


  1:00 - 2:15pm    Peter Gauthier
  "Pitts Restoration (N22E)"
One of the highlights of this week's celebration of the Pitts
  Anniversary is the arrival of a precise replica of Pitts NX86401
  from California. The builder of this beautiful replica is Peter
  Gauthier. N86401 was the second Pitts that Curtis built and it
  subsequently was purchased by Betty Skelton with a new paint
  scheme later in life and its registration changed to N22E.

See the full schedule of IAC Pavilion speakers HERE

July 21, 2015

Balloting for the 2015 election of Officers and Directors has closed as of today. Results will be announced at the IAC's annual meeting, taking place at AirVenture Oshkosh at 8:30am on Friday 7/24.

July 20, 2015

Tuesday, July 21 forums at the IAC Vicki Cruse Memorial Pavilion;

   08:30-09:45    Billy Werth
   “Getting your head around Unusual Attitude Recoveries”

    With over 8000 hours of flight time in 20 different aircraft, with 900 of
     it teaching folks how to fly upside down, Billy will be sharing his 
     expertise in this forum. Subject is not Pitts specific, so feel free to ask
     about other aircraft types.


   10:00-11:15    Skip Stewart
   "Pitts Modifications"

    Join Skip as he discusses modifications made to his airshow machine
    - Prometheus.
    His plane started its life as a Pitts S-2S and is highly modified with a horse
    power increase to 400, a big three bladed prop and the rear canted landing
    gear to name a few.    


  11:30-12:45   Dagmar Kress               
   "Basic Aerodynamics and Spin Recoveries"
   Dagmar is an International World Aerobatic Champion who has competed
   for the United States and also for Germany — where she is from. She is a
   certified flight instructor, and has been involved in aviation for about
   30 years.


   13:00 - 14:15   Kevin Kimball
   "The Pitts Model 12"
The Pitts Model 12 was designed by Curtis Pitts in the mid 1990's and first
   flew in 1996. Soon afterwards Jim Kimball Enterprises acquired rights to
   the plane, and Kevin Kimball has been improving it ever since. 


See the full schedule of IAC Pavilion speakers HERE